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KU Study Abroad Opportunities in Africa

Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco

KU offers several formal opportunities for study in Africa, in a variety of countries and languages. Most programs coordinated by KU are available to students through the Office of Study Abroad. Please contact Jenna Hunter-Skidmore for specific information about KU's programs in Morocco, or Holly Rains for specific information about programs in other African countries. In addition, OSA can help you find or create a trip to whatever specific country interests you, even if KU doesn't have a prepared program there. (Please remember, however, that KU's policy is not to send students to countries with U.S. Federal Government Travel Warning in place, and this unfortunately includes many African countries. If you wish to visit one of these countries, your best bet would be to arrange the trip through some organization or institution other than the University.) We strongly encourage students to consult OSA before planning any kind of study abroad program.

Arabic Studies Summer Institute

  • This program is held at the Al-Akhawayn University, a school of about 1,000 students, in Ifrane, Morocco. Ifrane is a very European-styled city of 12,000 people, with popular skiing in winter.
  • Read the program overview for complete details. Students may complete a set of courses in Arabic language as well as courses in North African Studies. Courses are listed under AAAS 445.
  • Contact the coordinator, Dr. Naima Boussofara directly at nboussofara@ku.edu or 785-864-4448, or contact the KU Office of Study Abroad for information on signing up.

Sustainability, Development, and Community Empowerment in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

  • This summer program, led by Byron Caminero-Santangelo, will introduce students to different narratives of conservation, social and environmental justice, sustainability, and development at play in debates about tourism and resource extraction in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. In the process, students will explore the relationships between these narratives and the history of environmental change, colonialism, apartheid, and post-apartheid development.
  • For full details read the Office of Study Abroad's brochure about this program.

Medical internships in Africa

  • KU Medical School Office of Study Abroad coordinates internships in Tanzania, Swaziland, and either rural or urban South Africa.
  • ONLY KU Medical Center students are eligible. The language of instruction/work in the African locations is English. Applications are due anywhere from 9 to 18 months in advance, so start planning early! KUMC International Health Electives can provide more information.
  • For further inquiries contact:
    Judith Reagan, Director
    KUMC International Programs
    Kansas University Medical School
    Kansas City Campus
    3901 Rainbow Boulevard
    Kansas City, Kansas 66160
    jreagan@kumc.edu
    tel. 913-588-1480

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Migration Stories: Africans in Midwestern Communities


The Kansas African Studies Center has received $140,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to launch public discussions, community programming, and the creation of educational resources in local communities to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding recent demographic changes in the region. With close to 10,000 African immigrants living today in the heartland metropolitan centers of Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka, Emporia, Wichita and Garden City, a new project entitled “Migration Stories” will facilitate the sharing of migration stories about Africans within Midwestern communities. Visit www.migrationstories.ku.edu to learn more. 

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